Nightly News   |  September 11, 2011

How easy victory became an endless war

America’s initial response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 was swift, but in Afghanistan an early victory has turned into endless war. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> like this force us all to relive that morning ten years ago. listen to how we first learned something had happened at the pentagon which we later learned was the impact of american airlines flight 77 .

>> it -- it felt just a few moments ago like there was an explosion of some kind here at the pentagon. and i saw just a moment ago as i looked outside a number of construction workers who have been working here have taken flight. they're running as far away from the building as they can right now.

>> from that morning, that was our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski . we didn't know then two wars would be launched in the name of 9/11. jim is with us tonight. again, from the pentagon. jim, of course, there's news from one of those fronts again today.

>> reporter: that's right. a grim reminder that the war in afghanistan still goes on. a massive truck bomb exploded at a coalition base just outside of kab kabul, wounding 77 nato forces, most of them american. fortunately, the injuries were only minor. but it's a grim reminder, too, and the u.s. military and pentagon officials are well aware that this war has dragged on for ten years. america's patience, money, and, in fact, is running out. and so the u.s. military has -- has buckled down to meet president obama 's 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of all american troops. which means, according to military officials, they only have three more years, brian, to get it right.

>> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon ten years later. thanks.